MARQUETTE, MI – Virginia Belle (Hamilton) Bell, age 86, of Marquette, handed away Sunday morning, April tenth, 2022, at residence, within the loving, comforting care of her household and UP Dwelling Well being and Hospice.
Born December thirtieth, 1935, in Lapeer, Michigan, a daughter of Roy Lee and Margaret Lavina (Rauh) Hamilton, Virginia was raised on the household farm outdoors of Capac, Michigan. At age 7, Virginia was impressed by her church’s feminine pastor and a visiting feminine missionary, to contemplate being referred to as to ministry, a name she would reply later in life. As a teen, she was her dad’s helper and was concerned in 4-H membership work, later turning into St. Clair County’s “Queen of Dairying” and went on to win the 1953 title for the state of Michigan as effectively. Together with the title she acquired a scholarship to Michigan State College, the place she earned her Bachelor Diploma in Training. She married her long-time good friend and highschool sweetheart, John “Jack” Bell, Sr., on August twenty eighth, 1955, in Capac, and had two youngsters. She taught sixth grade in Bancroft, Michigan and particular training for Macomb County Intermediate College District primarily based in Mt. Clemens. She taught her college students life abilities, together with garden care, residence upkeep, auto store, and cooking abilities. All through her years of instructing Virginia labored as a missionary, utilizing her trip time to serve others and unfold God’s Phrase. She made common journeys to Haiti for 2 weeks at a time from 1981-2012. She served within the ministry visitor home in Les Cayes, and hosted a staff of medical personnel from Marquette following the earthquake in 2012. She additionally served on quite a few different missions in Russia, Poland, Cuba, Liberia, and Alaska. After retiring from instructing, Virginia and her husband, Jack, moved to the japanese UP within the Paradise space. Virginia grew to become a United Methodist Church licensed pastor serving the group of Paradise and different small communities within the God’s Nation Cooperative. She was the director of a retailer similar to The New Free Retailer. Jack and Virginia spent the winters of 2014 and 2015 in Marquette and attended Grace United Methodist Church in 2016. Virginia was concerned with the Free Retailer at Grace United Methodist and helped within the kitchen serving soup and sandwiches to consumers. After the shop moved to Harvey, Virginia was nonetheless concerned with the various meals oriented fundraisers The New Free Retailer has performed over time. She additionally labored on the entrance desk on buying days greeting the consumers, holding infants and puppies, and serving to with the file retaining. Virginia and her daughter, Jayme, are beneficiant donors to and mates of The New Free Retailer. Virginia additionally continued to contribute to our group via her quilting and knitting. She was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church, the Messiah Quilters, and member of the Knotty Knitters. All through the years, Virginia touched many lives via her onerous work, dedication, friendship, and steering. (The previous info was taken from an article on Virginia within the Winter 2022 version of The New Free Retailer Publication).
Virginia is survived by her youngsters, Jayme Bell of Marquette and John (Colleen) Bell of McMillan; her grandchildren, Samantha (John) Feskorn, Jill Plesscer, Joseph Dupius; great-grandchildren, Alley, Kayla (Joey), Brianna, Gabby, Alanah, and Emma; and great- great-grandson, Joe.
Virginia was preceded in dying by her mother and father; husband, John “Jack” Bell, Sr., in 2017 and her sister, Gertrude.
Pals might name at Messiah Lutheran Church on Saturday, Might seventh, starting at 11:00 am, till the time of service at 12:00 midday. A reception will comply with in Magnuson Corridor. Interment can be made within the Paradise Methodist Cemetery at a later date. Memorials could also be directed to The New Free Retailer, 1428 E. M-28, Marquette, MI 49855; Messiah Quilters, 305 W. Magnetic Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855; God’s Nation Cooperative Parish, 110 W. Harrie Avenue, Newberry, MI 49868, the Marquette Metropolis Band, 300 W. Baraga Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855, or UP Dwelling Well being and Hospice, 1125 W. Ridge Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855.
Fassbender Swanson Hansen Funeral and Cremation Companies is serving the household, the place condolences could also be expressed on-line at fassbenderswansonhansen.com.